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Artificial intelligence: is the ability to recognize artificial systems, patterns and redundancies, to complete incomplete sequences, to re-formulate and solve problems, and to estimate probabilities. This is not an automation of human behavior, since such an automation could be a mechanical imitation. Rather, artificial systems are only used by humans to make decisions, when these systems have already made autonomous decisions.

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Stephen Omohundro on Artificial Intelligence - Dictionary of Arguments

Brockman I 24
Artificial Intelligence/robots/Omohundro: Problem: intelligent entities must act to preserve their own existence. This tendency has nothing to do with a self-preservation instinct or any other biological notion; it’s just that an entity cannot achieve its objectives if it’s dead. According to Omohundro’s argument, a superintelligent machine that has an off switch - which some, including Alan Turing himself, in a 1951 talk on BBC Radio 3, have seen as our potential salvation - will take steps to disable the switch in some way.(1)
Thus we may face the prospect of superintelligent machines - their actions by definition unpredictable by us and their imperfectly specified objectives conflicting with our own - whose motivations to preserve their existence in order to achieve those objectives may be insuperable.
Vs: cf. >AI/Hawkins; >AI/Stuart Russell.

1. Omohundro, ‘The Basic AI Drives,” in Proceedings of the First AGI Conference, 171; and in R Wang, B. Goertzel, and S. Franklin, ed.,Artificial General Intelligence (Amsterdam, The Netherlands: lOS Press, 2008).

Russell, Stuart J. „The Purpose put into the Machine”, in: Brockman, John (ed.) 2019. Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI. New York: Penguin Press.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Omohundro, Stephen
Brockman I
John Brockman
Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI New York 2019

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2021-02-25
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